February 28, 2019

DO I NEED A WINDSHIELD REPAIR OR WINDSHIELD REPLACEMENT?


If your windshield has recently been damaged, you may be wondering if it can be repaired or if you will need a complete windshield replacement? You may also be wondering how much it will cost? While there are a number of factors that go into determining the appropriate solution, here is a guide to help you along with the process.

Assess The Damage

The first place to start is by assessing if the damage is in fact repairable. The type of damage, its size, and where it is located all need to be taken into consideration. Often times a crack, chip, or scratch can be repaired if they are small enough. However, if the damage is close to or on the perimeter of the glass, these areas are more difficult to repair and typically require a replacement. Damage that is directly in the driver’s view is usually ineligible for repair since the repair process can potentially distort the glass and impair the view through it. Time is another factor to consider when assessing auto glass damage. If the damage is neglected, it will permit more debris to accumulate inside of it and can spread to the surrounding area.

Windshield Chips, Cracks, and Scratches

Windshield chips are the most common type of damage and can typically be repaired. They occur whenever objects such as rocks or other debris make impact with the surface of the glass. While these chips may appear to be minor damage, it is extremely important to get them repaired as soon as possible. Contaminants from the road will accumulate inside of them and can lead to cracks and discoloration of the glass. Fluctuating temperatures can also cause more damage.

Windshield cracks are the most detrimental type of damage to occur. They can take a number of different shapes and sizes. Stress cracks, cracks larger than fourteen inches, edge cracks, and cracks that impair the drivers view all significantly compromise the safety performance of the glass and require a windshield replacement. In some cases, cracks less than six inches may be eligible for a repair.

Windshield scratches are the least compromising type of damage. Since they do not go through the entire piece of glass, scratches can usually be repaired easily with a DIY buffing product. Similarly to chips and cracks, it is best to address them as soon as possible so the accumulation of debris inside them can be minimized and they don’t develop into more damage.

Windshield Replacement and Repair Costs

Regardless of the type of damage you have, the last thing you want to do is avoid addressing it due to the cost of repair. Many people are unaware that windshield repairs and replacements are frequently covered under their insurance and most reputable auto glass companies will accept insurance claims.

If you have insurance and your windshield damage is eligible for a repair, the cost to address it will typically be covered by your insurance company. In addition, windshield repairs will usually not cause your insurance rates to increase.  

In the event that your windshield needs to be replaced and you have insurance, these costs will typically be covered as well. However, there may be a deductible that needs to be met before the provider will cover the replacement. In some cases the cost of a replacement may be less than your deductible and you may be responsible.

You may choose to not file a claim. In this scenario you would be responsible for the entire repair or replacement cost. The best way to get an idea of how much a repair or replacement will cost is to visit our website and request a free estimate. You can quickly and easily receive a quote from Glass Inc. by entering your name, email, phone number, and a brief description of your damage.

Determining whether or not you need a windshield replacement or repair can be a challenging task but it is important to address the damage as soon as it occurs. Glass Inc. has been serving the Atlanta area since 1956 and can assist you with your auto glass needs. Call us today and set up an appointment or request a free estimate online.

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